T H O M A S

T H O M A S

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T H O M A S is not reinventing the wheel nor repaving the existing path, it is reaffirming the journey itself. We are responsible to the structure and to the audience. Mood.

Biography

Owen Pallet thinks he sounds like XTC, but everyone else in the know just calls him “Junior Prince”.

Originally from Hamilton, Thomas Gill moved to Toronto in 2003 to pursue a music degree at the University of Toronto. Since then, Thomas has been freelancing and establishing himself as an accomplished guitar player and vocalist in the Toronto jazz, indie and improvised music scenes. Thomas is part of numerous bands in Toronto, including Allie Hughes, Katie Stelmanis and Bruce Peninsula.

Having gained a reputation for his epic solo sets, with the Spring 2009 release of “Self-Help”, Thomas embarks on working with his first full band, T H O M A S.

T H O M A S’ “Self-Help” is the highly anticipated solo debut album from Thomas Gill, recorded in Toronto by Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Bruce Peninsula, Sebastian Grainger and the Mountains) in the summer of 2008. The proclaimed “post-smooth” album is about a lot of things: sexuality, love (unrequited or otherwise), money, privacy within a capitalist climate, trust, fuzzy, funky, cool, girl, 83.

Lyrics

Don't Think, Just Hate

Written By: Thomas Gill

DON'T THINK, JUST HATE

here's me, the draft of the song
here's me at the appointed time in bed with my wife
it's torture
gifts from beyond my cradle
then close my eyes to enable unprecedented diamond grove
convinced i'm seeing the light
it's torture - let me go

money of all colours, shapes and sizes
kindred spirits as a stack of flies is
it's torture
word of a book and it isn't mine
still i'm compelled to testify
to the torture
convinced i've seen the light
it's torture - let me go

never enough shirtlessness
never enough simply linking arms
always too many reasons
don't think, just hate
don't think, just hate
don't think, just hate....

Bram Gielen : acoustic and electric basses
Daniel Harley : violins
Nico Dann : drums
Steve McKay : percussion
TG : vocals, synths, guitars

One Day and One Night

Written By: Thomas Gill

ONE DAY AND ONE NIGHT IN HEAVEN (feat. ALLIE HUGHES)

don't count on my being around
for much longer than
one day and one night in heaven
by then the song will have found me
and i'll have to return to being
captive in the land of verses and choruses
and la la la la la la la .....

every morning without fail
at the top of her lungs
Angel screams Red's name
they have a fight
but baby it's alright
cause at least i can count on
it's happening
and it's possession of it's happening
and it's possession of it's possession of it's happening

CHORUS

looking forward to tonight
and the sight of my sweet thing
ooh twenty crunches, snakeskin
might not be fun
but at least when it's done
i can go home and have a bath
anticipation of going out
anticipation of anticipation of going out

my mind's spread-eagle
on the drawing room table
and i never get a moment's peace
yeah

don't count on my being around
for much longer than
one day and one night in heaven
by then i'm all out of meaning
and the incense will need re-lighting
back to square one again
and la la la la, la la la la la la la la........

Allie Hughes : vocals
Christopher Willes : beat programming and processing and Uruguayan batcaveplateverb.
TG : vocals, guitars, synths, bass, drum editing

When I Am Beth

Written By: Thomas Gill

WHEN I AM BETH

i was both beth and i
beth and i was followed by a car to your lawn
the very same night
the news was urging

it scared you to look in beth's eyes
and see me therein
playing the piano as i always did
the very same night
sister suvi played the hangar
and invited us on tour

i said 'yes' for you
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and wanted to make you believe
how wrong of me and
how selfish

but when i am beth it's so easy to lie again
when i am beth you share what is yours
and when i am beth my body intersects your gaze
when i am beth i'm finally the only one

i am both beth and i
beth and i has come to live beside you in support
somewhere between
here and elsewhere

it scares you to look in beth's eyes
only see me and feel so lost and unsure of the way
i have no memory of
the last time you were certain
getting there alone

for fear of your battering me
i revealed to you the secret i'd been masquerading in
the fact that i am not as i appear to be
is only but the start

you stood motionless
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and no longer felt so ashamed
how wrong of me and
how selfish

chorus

Bram Gielen : bass
Nico Dann : drums
Robin Dann : vocals
Steve McKay : percussion
Leon Taheny : drum wizardry
TG : vocals, synths, guitars

Discography

S E L F H E L P (2009)

Set List

It's Not So Grave
Love (Kim Burell)
Top of the Morning Rosary
Save Me (K.D. Lang)
Half Expected Your Voice
Without Even A Thank You
Atlanta